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Fire Chief Appointment

June 11, 2019                                          

This afternoon the Kern County Board of Supervisors appointed a new Fire Chief of the Kern County Fire Department, former Interim Fire Chief David Witt. Chief Witt, a Kern County native, has been serving as Interim Fire Chief since February of this year. We are honored to announce the appointment of such a highly qualified and motivated individual to lead this County’s Fire Department. We thank the Board of Supervisors for appointing a Fire Chief that members of the fire department and the communities it serves can have confidence in. 

 

                                                     

                                              

 

Today the Kern County Fire Department announces the use of Smart911, which enables its users to create a free, private, and secure Safety Profile. When someone creates a Safety Profile they are planning ahead for potential emergencies. This proactive planning provides Emergency Dispatchers and Firefighters with information that helps them locate and help individuals requiring assistance during an emergency

When creating a Safety Profile users choose how much and what information to provide. Some examples include:

- Address
- Medical History
- Medications
- Allergies
- Pets
- Emergency Contacts

Smart911 is a national service meaning the Safety Profile travels with the user and is accessible by any participating 9-1-1 emergency dispatch center nationwide. 

Register today at smart911.com or download the Mobile App from the App Store or Google Play.

Received a Hazard Reduction Citation?

If you have received a hazard reduction citation and/or need more information click here to request a review.

State Responsibility Area (SRA) Lookup

Cal Fire has provided a data viewer to assist landowners in determining if their property may fall within State Responsibility Area (SRA).  SRA boundaries are those adopted by the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection in January, 2011, updated to reflect changes as of July 1, 2016. They are the official boundaries recognized by the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection to define the areas where CAL FIRE has financial responsibility for fire suppression and prevention. 

Click Here to Access the Cal Fire SRA Viewer.

Click here for APN/ATN Lookups.

 

Isabella Dam Update

Click here for the latest information on the the Isabella Dam from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Tree Mortality

Tree Mortality rates throughout California have skyrocketed.   Click here for information.

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Past Incident Info

    Incident Name: Piute Incident Incident Time: 3:45:00 a.m. Incident Date: 9-14-2019 Incident Type: Vehicle...
    Incident Name: Nord Incident Incident Time: 9:00:00 a.m. Incident Date: 9-14-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Arson Suspect Arrested Incident Time: 5:00:00 p.m. Incident Date: 9-13-2019 Incident Type: Wildland...
    Incident Name: Arbor Incident Incident Time: 3:50:00 a.m. Incident Date: 9-06-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Buena Vista Lake Incident Incident Time: 9:27:00 a.m. Incident Date: 8-25-2019 Incident Type: Boat...
    Incident Name: Sonic Incident Incident Time: 2:35:00 p.m. Incident Date: 8-18-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Everett Incident Incident Time: 3:30:00 p.m. Incident Date: 8-17-2019 Incident Type: Wildland...
    Incident Name: Cummings Incident Incident Time: 12:00:00 p.m. Incident Date: 8-17-2019 Incident Type: Wildland...
    Incident Name: 11th Street Incident Incident Time: 12:11:00 a.m. Incident Date: 8-4-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Mesa Incident Incident Time: 2:42:00 p.m. Incident Date: 7-31-2019 Incident Type: Wildland...
    Incident Name: Palm Incident Incident Time: 12:29:00 a.m. Incident Date: 7-31-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Tejon Incident Incident Time: 3:30:00 p.m. Incident Date: 7-21-2019 Incident Type: Wildland...
    Incident Name: Rolling Incident Incident Time: 11:00:00 a.m. Incident Date: 7-19-2019 Incident Type: Wildland...
    Incident Name: Olive Incident Incident Time: 6:22:00 p.m. Incident Date: 7-14-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Beaver Incident Incident Time: 5:15:00 a.m. Incident Date: 7-7-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Nusil Incident Incident Time: 5:25:00 a.m. Incident Date: 7-4-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Highway 33 Incident Incident Time: 10:36:00 p.m. Incident Date: 7-2-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: 7th Street Incident Incident Time: 12:33:00 a.m. Incident Date: 6-30-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Esther Incident Incident Time: 8:47:00 p.m. Incident Date: 6-10-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Crystal Incident Incident Time: 11:30:00 a.m. Incident Date: 6-1-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Bear Incident Incident Time: 5:23:00 p.m. Incident Date: 5-30-2019 Incident Type: Wildland...
    Incident Name: Lost Hills Incident Incident Time: 4:53:00 p.m. Incident Date: 5-23-2019 Incident Type: Wildland...
    Incident Name: Sequoia Incident Incident Time: 3:53:00 p.m. Incident Date: 5-19-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Tucker Incident Incident Time: 10:24:00 a.m. Incident Date: 5-19-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Wall Incident Incident Time: 8:48:00 a.m. Incident Date: 5-19-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Barrel Incident Incident Time: 3:02:00 p.m. Incident Date: 5-16-2019 Incident Type: Wildland...
    Incident Name: Kelso Incident Incident Time: 4:17:00 p.m. Incident Date: 5-05-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Kecks Incident Incident Time: 6:44:00 a.m. Incident Date: 5-05-2019 Incident Type: Wildland...
    Incident Name: Lanyne Incident Incident Time: 3:52:00 a.m. Incident Date: 5-05-2019 Incident Type: Structure...
    Incident Name: Vulcan Incident Incident Time: 3:04:00 p.m. Incident Date: 5-03-2019 Incident Type: Wildland...

Latest News

07/26/2019
suspectarrest  To: All Media, Fire Personnel Contact: Engineer Andrew Freeborn - Public Information Officer, (661) 330-0133 Subject: Arson Suspect Arrest July 26,...
07/09/2019
fireworksstatistics  To: All Media, Fire Personnel Contact: Captain Nate Perkins, Public Information Officer, (661) 330-0133 Subject: July 4th Fireworks Statistics July...
03/04/2019
paramedicrevivedlife  To: All Media, Fire Personnel Contact: Public Information Officer, (661) 330-0133 Subject: KCFD Paramedic revived life March  1, 2019 At...
01/14/2019
firefighter-injury-2  To: All Media, Fire Personnel Contact: Engineer Andrew Freeborn,  Public Information Officer, (661) 330-0133 Subject: Firefighter Injury January ...
11/27/2018
burning-restrictions  To: All Media, Fire Personnel Contact: Engineer Andrew Freeborn,  Public Information Officer, (661) 330-0133 Subject: Open Burning Restrictions and...
09/13/2018
firefighter-injury  To: All Media, Fire Personnel Contact: Engineer Andrew Freeborn,  Public Information Officer, (661) 330-0133 Subject: Firefighter Injury September...
09/12/2018
digierevacadvisory    STATUS UPDATE:  Evacuation Order Has Been Lifted To: All Media, Fire Personnel Contact: Engineer Andrew Freeborn,  Public Information...
07/09/2018
heatrelatedinjuries  To: All Media, Fire Personnel Contact: Tom Ellison, Public Information Officer, (661) 330-0133 Subject: Firefighter Heat Related Injuries   This...
06/29/2018
kern-county-fire-assists-in-northern-californiaKern County Fire has sent three fire engines and a total of 18 people Sunday night to help battle fires in Northern California, where the governor has...
03/20/2018
fraudulentextinguishercoCONSUMER ALERT: WATCH OUT FOR FRAUDULENT FIRE EXTINGUISHER/EXTINGUISHING SYSTEMS SERVICE COMPANIES   Office of the Fire MarshalKern County Fire...
12/08/2017
resource-updateKCFD Out-of-County Resource Update December 8, 2017  Firefighters, Fire Crews, Fire Dozers, and even Fire Mechanics from the Kern County Fire Department...
11/16/2017
helicopter-articleKern Helicopter In High Demand    This article features helicopters out fitted for night flying in high demand.    Follow the link to a great article...
10/17/2017
helitack-herosFirefighters Tackle California Wildfires October 17, 2017    This article features the Helitack Heroes of H408 and includes some quotes and several...
09/27/2017
puertorico-deploymentsKCFD Deploys Personnel to Puerto Rico and Throughout California September 27, 2017  The Kern County Fire Department has 60 firefighters battling wildfires...
09/27/2017
franklin-arrestedArrest Made September 27, 2017  Today, Kern County Fire Department Arson Investigators arrested Damon Franklin, 41.  Franklin is charged with four...

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Incident Name: Plains Incident
Incident Time: 2:55:00 pm
Incident Date: 10-02-2013
Incident Location: Shafter
Incident Type: Hydrocarbon Fire
Resources Used: Engine 32, Engine 31, Engine 67, Engine 65, Engine 61, Engine 66, Truck 65, Hazmat 66, BC3, BC6, PIO, Safety 3,4,6
Number of Personnel: 35
Assisting Agencies: n/a
Cause: Power surge of the facility cannot be ruled out

 SHAFTER, CA-

While responding to a reported vehicle accident, Kern County Fire Department Engine 67 noticed a large amount of black smoke coming from the area of 7th Standard Rd and Enos Ln and quickly notified their dispatch.  Simultaneously, multiple calls began pouring in to the dispatch center of heavy smoke and fire coming from one of the refining towers at Plains LPG Services.  Firefighters arrived on scene and found a 100 foot tall heating tower with thick black smoke and fire protruding 30-50 feet from the top opening, and a second alarm response was initiated due to the size and complexity of the incident.  Plant personnel relayed to the Incident Commander that the product burning was an oil used in the production process, and the flow of the product to the tower had been stopped.  Crews decided the best course of action was to let the remaining product burn itself out while firefighters continued to cool down surrounding equipment and structure with hose streams.

All plant personnel have been allowed to return to the facility, and firefighters are continuing to work with employees on returning the facility to operation.

The fire was brought under control in under 60 minutes

 

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